EAST LANSING, Mich. – Aerial Powers had 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to lead Michigan State past No. 19 Purdue 89-73 on Sunday.
The Spartans (15-7, 7-2 Big Ten) opened the second half on a 28-13 run to lead 67-51 with 9:24 left and led by double digits from there.
Purdue’s KK Houser was leading all scorers with 17 points when she left the game with 5:12 left because of a leg injury. She elevated for a jump shot, came down holding her knee and had to be helped off the court. Houser missed the 2010-11 season with a torn ACL.
Jasmine Hines had 16 points, Klarissa Bell added 15 and Tori Jankoska scored 14 for MSU which remained alone in second place in the Big Ten with the win. Whitney Bays led the Boilermakers (15-7, 5-5) with 22 points and six rebounds and April Wilson added 13 points.
No. 4 STANFORD 79, No. 21 CALIFORNIA 64: In Berkeley, Calif., Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points, eight rebounds and four assists as the Cardinal ran its winning streak to 20 games.
No. 5 LOUISVILLE 79, SOUTH FLORIDA 59: In Louisville, Ky., Tia Gibbs had 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers as the Cardinals won their 15th straight game. South Florida was missing head coach Jose Fernandez, out with an illness.
MIAMI 83, No. 6 NORTH CAROLINA 80: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Adrienne Motley scored a career-high 27 points to life the Hurricanes.
No. 7 SOUTH CAROLINA 78, MISSOURI 62: In Columbia, S.C., Tiffany Mitchell scored 20 points as the Gamecocks won their fourth in a row.
No. 8 MARYLAND 89, SYRACUSE 64: In Syracuse, N.Y., freshman guard Lexie Brown scored a season-high 31 points, going 7 of 8 from beyond the arc, as the Terrapins snapped a three-game losing streak.
No. 10 TENNESSEE 64, ALABAMA 54: In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Cierra Burdick scored 21 points as the Vols rallied from a 26-18 halftime deficit to win.
No. 12 PENN STATE 79, NORTHWESTERN 75: In Chicago, Maggie Lucas scored 19 points, and Ariel Edwards added 15 to lift the Nittany Lions.
No. 13 KENTUCKY 63, No. 14 LSU 56: In Lexington, Ky., Bria Goss scored 11 points, including two clutch free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining, to lift the Wildcats.
No. 15 ARIZONA STATE 97, OREGON 94: In Tempe, Ariz., Joy Burke had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Promise Amukamara scored 21 to lead the Sun Devils.
No. 16 VANDERBILT 71, No. 17 TEXAS A&M 69: In Nashville, Tenn., Morgan Batey made two free throws with 2.2 seconds to go to lift the Commodores.
WAKE FOREST 78, No. 23 FLORIDA STATE 54: In Winston-Salem, N.C., Chelsea Douglas made five 3-pointers en route to 32 points as the Demon Deacons beat the Seminoles for the third straight time.
INDIANA 77, ILLINOIS 58: In Champaign, Ill., Alexis Gassion had a career-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and Fort Wayne’s Tabitha Gerardot had five points and eight rebounds, for the Hoosiers (16-6, 3-6 Big Ten). Illinois (9-13, 2-7) got 16 points from Ivory Crawford.
KENT STATE 60, BALL STATE 57: At Kent, Ohio, Ashley Evans’ 19 points led Kent State (4-16, 1-8 Mid-American Conference). Ball State (9-11, 4-5) was paced by Shelbie Justice’s 16 points, and Nathalie Fontaine’s 14 points and 14 rebounds.
No. 13 CINCINNATI 50, SOUTH FLORIDA 45: In Cincinnati, Sean Kilpatrick overcame an off-target performance by scoring 10 of his 18 points in the closing minutes, rallying the Bearcats to their 14th straight victory.
VIRGINIA 48, No. 18 PITTSBURGH 45: In Pittsburgh, Malcolm Brogdon made a last-second 3-pointer to lift Cavaliers to their fifth straight win. Brogdon finished 16 points for Virginia (17-5, 8-1), which maintained sole possession of second place in the ACC.